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Old 12-06-2016, 04:56 AM
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Default Banjo ID help, please.

http://holland.craigslist.org/msg/5894386280.html

It's an unbranded Japanese banjo. Looking at the pictures, the wooden armrest and bridge look like a Kay, but the fret markers and headstock look like a Harmony. Yes, I know they're mostly the same thing, but then the tuners don't look consistent with either brand. Looking around Google last night, it looked like most Harmony banjos had Remo heads, which this one lacks. Not to mention the golden eagle logo on the back of both brands, also absent. Furthermore, it looks like it's got an adjustable truss rod.

Normally, I'd satiate my want of knowledge on my own, but I couldn't reach a good conclusion last night. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:03 AM
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Another no-name MIJ banjo. Don't worry about the origin. Just go look at it and decide if it is in decent, playable shape and sounds OK. (Ackkk - he used "sounds ok" and "banjo" in the same sentence ). Seems like as a player's instrument, you cannot go far wrong for that price.

And it was Holland, MI and not overseas as I first thought. I moved away from Michigan a lot of years ago now.....
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:09 PM
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These are often referred to as "Bottlecap" banjos due to the construction. Most are Asian in origin and very similar. Many have been modified, so I wouldn't put too much stock in the tuners, etc. being original.

Quality can vary significantly, so just play it and see how it goes. If you like it, and the price, go for it and have fun!
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:31 PM
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Thanks for the advice! I've taken a passing interest in banjo, but don't know if it's worth pursuing this guy as a trade, or if I'd be better off holding out for something different.
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